Well I guess we should consider ourselves lucky the winter 2013-2014 has been relatively nonexistent. I was so obsessed with finding a REAL winter coat while shopping in the states when I was back this christmas and after finding I’ve only worn it once since being back. The irony of this is the phenomenal weather that hit the southern US this year just after I left.
So this year there was no annual first snowflakes of winter photo click here to see the past few years.
And the last few weeks we’ve had spring’esque weather to where i’ve been able to go out in nothing more than a jean jacket and thin dress.
for more on our obsession with the terrace click HERE
But we can’t have it all! This past week Paris has been in a POLLUTION CRISIS!
The pollution has been so bad that the city made all public transport free this past weekend and has extended it through today (monday). They are hopping by doing this they can tempt people to take the RER system into the central city from the outlying neighborhoods instead of driving. They have also implemented an alternating traffic law that was first tested in 1997 where drivers with plate numbers ending in even or odd numbers are allowed to drive on alternating days. Le Figaro reported yesterday that over 700 police have been charged with enforcing this mandate(the number is 850 in this morning’s paper).
What is most interesting about all this hubbub is the fact that we are one week away from the first round of municipal elections for the city of Paris. It seems to me that large problems always seem to surface around an election… but I’ll leave that sort of talk for the political blogs!
But it is true we have a serious pollution problem in Paris, much like every major city in the world, except for the fact that Paris doesn’t have as many ways to solve this issue like Shanghai, Los Anglos, or London do. Many Parisians are just as bad as americans where they get in their car to drive somewhere they could walk to in less than 10 minutes. To their credit however it is really hard getting anywhere fast in this city and if you’ve got a cargo in two (kids, groceries, ect) it can get pretty frustrating.
I personally would like to see the majority of the central city as no driving zones either only opened to public transport or limited to foot traffic. Places like in front of the Eiffel Tower(Champs de Mars) would be so much more serene and enjoyable without four lanes of traffic running on either side of the bridge leading up to it.
To this:The result: People are really suffering physically from this. My fella’ has been having trouble breathing and headaches since Thursday (saturation pictured above) and the whole thing is starting to effect me too as i’m now fighting a horrible sinus pressure and general respiratory discomfort.
So we get beautiful weather but they give us pollution! Oh well make lemonade! We’re in Paris after all.